By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has dismissed out of hand any allegations of impropriety in his pursuit of Marouane Chamakh over the summer.
Quotes attributed to Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud this morning suggested he was angry that the Arsenal manager had publically declared an interest in the Moroccan striker before he had made contact with the Ligue 1 side. As a result, it was reported that Triaud was not going to welcome another approach from the Emirates Stadium side in the January window.
At his press conference on Thursday, Wenger disputed those claims in the strongest terms. He cast doubts on the accuracy of the translation that had appeared in the English press and challenged anyone who doubted his honesty.
“I'm not completely convinced about the translation,” he said.
“The communication between the president of Bordeaux and myself was very clear - I kept him informed on everything that happened.
“But if he is ready to make a comment, I'm ready to sit down with him here and explain to you what he said. Then I will answer eye to eye.
“It's very difficult for me to understand any statement of that kind from him. I'm ready to make a press conference with him if you want. We can sit down here with the player and the president of Bordeaux and have an explanation. You will see what I did and I'm sure the president of Bordeaux will agree with what I say.
“I'm not angry because I can look in the mirror and know what I did - I don't need any special comment.
“The boy is fantastic but, in my career, I have made nearly 200 transfers and that means nearly 400 have not happened. That is part of any deal. It's not because they are under pressure in Bordeaux that we have to explain everything that happens.
“I feel it is very important to keep confidentiality. I have never seen a story like that where something is in the newspapers every day because they talk.
"You talk when you sign the player. All the rest is the procedure of any transfer.”Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source